Moneychangers Part 2 ~ What is the Federal Reserve and how is it hurting families?


A conversation with Ben Zoba, Part 2 of 5 In this second of five installments of my conversation with farmer and community activist, Ben Zoba, he discusses the irregularities associated with the formation of the Federal Reserve Bank in 1913 -- which is run by a contingent of private bankers who wield sole control over the ebb and flow of economies worldwide.Ben sees this control, and its debilitating effects on citizens, as a singular attack on fundamental institutions, most notably the … [Read more...]

Moneychangers Part 1 ~ Is it time to rethink how we “do” money”?


A conversation with Ben Zoba, Part 1 of 5The post-holiday season stands as a stark reminder to a majority of Americans of the raw force of being in debt and the panic that is often associated with that.In this series of five podcasts, in conversation with Benjamin Zoba, I will be exploring the unsettled, sometimes hostile relationship between persons and their money. Ben is an organic farmer and community activist in a small town north of Boston who, in addition to farming and managing … [Read more...]

Mary Rejoicing, Rachel Weeping

1824 (oil on canvas), Cogniet, Leon (1794-1880) Musee des Beaux-Arts, Rennes, France / Giraudon / The Bridgeman Art Library

by Wendy MurrayA disastrous event that took place in Bethlehem related to Jesus’ birth that is also part of the picture of Christmas. Herod ordered the slaughter of all the boys two years old and under. Yet we tend to allow sleigh bells, evergreens, and shopping trips to push it out of view. It is nevertheless, in all its brutality, what Christmas is about: a Savior's "invasion" (to borrow from C. S. Lewis) and confrontation with the forces of evil.Matthew's narrative of Christ's b … [Read more...]

What Jud Wanted to Say: My Tribute to Jud Carlberg

Jud Carlberg

By Wendy Murray Over these many months, since last April, I have been working closely with the administration at Gordon College to complete a book in celebration of their 125th Anniversary. The book, titled Leading the Way, highlights the legacy of Gordon College's eight presidents. It had been my idea to showcase the scholarship and vision of these leaders, scholars, and theologians in the context of the American religious landscape of their time.This assignment offered me the … [Read more...]

The Mayflower Compact, America’s First Written Governing Document


 The Mayflower Compact was fashioned by the Separatists, or Pilgrims, fleeing religious persecution under King James of England. They traveled from Holland (where they had been displaced from England) aboard the Mayflower in 1620 along with adventurers and tradesmen. The document was signed aboard ship on November 11, 1620 by  41 of the ship's 101 (male) passengers while the ship was anchored in what is now Provincetown Harbor at the northern tip of Cape Cod. They had planned on settling in Virgi … [Read more...]

Crime & Punishment in Plymouth Colony

NC Wyeth Illustrates cover for Addison Irving Bacheller (September 26, 1859 – February 24, 1950), American journalist and writer who founded the first modern newspaper syndicate in the United States.

By Wendy Murray Thanksgiving approaches and, amid giving thanks, the sojourners at Plymouth had plenty of problems to contend with in forming their system of governing in the precarious and hostile environment they confronted upon landing on Cape Cod. The following information, which delineates the crimes and judgments they rendered, comes from the website Mayflower History, whose research is gratefully acknowledged.Records from Plymouth Colony's earliest courts have actually survived a … [Read more...]

Think Before Interrupting

lG K Chesterton

Talk ought to be sacred because it is so light, so tenuous, so trivial, if you will; so frail and easy to destroy. Cutting short its life is worse than murder; it’s infanticide. It’s like killing a baby that’s trying to come to life. It can never be restored to life . . . . A good light conversation can never be put together again when it’s broken to pieces; because you can’t get back all the pieces. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond, by G.K. Chesterton … [Read more...]